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Two of a Kind– Twins in Teen Novels

prophecy of the sisters

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
YA ZINK, M.
Soon after their father dies under mysterious circumstances, orphaned twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe discover that an ancient prophecy has pitted them against one another in a mystical battle between good and evil. One of them will save the world – if she can prevent the other from bringing about its end. But which one is which? Set in a small town in upstate New York in the 19th century and written with a distinct Victorian air, this haunting novel features richly drawn characters, psychological nuances, spells, fallen angels, and murder most foul.

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young
YA YOUNG, M.
In a distant future, eighteen-year-old Lugh is kidnapped, and while his twin sister Saba and nine-year-old Emmi are trailing him across bleak Sandsea they are captured, too, and taken to brutal Hopetown, where Saba is forced to be a cage fighter until new friends help plan an escape.

AllTheseLives

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie
YA WYLIE, S.
Convinced that she has nine lives after cheating death twice as a child, sixteen-year-old Dani tries to forfeit her remaining lives in hopes of saving her twin sister, Jena, whose leukemia is consuming their family.

13thChild

Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede
YA WREDE, P.
Eighteen-year-old Eff must finally get over believing she is bad luck and accept that her special training in Aphrikan magic, and being the twin of the seventh son of a seventh son, give her extraordinary power to combat magical creatures that threaten settlements on the western frontier.

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Beatle Meets Destiny by Gabrielle Williams
YA WILLIAMS, G.
When superstitious eighteen-year-old John “Beatle” Lennon, who is dating the best friend of his twin sister, meets Destiny McCartney, their instant rapport and shared quirkiness make it seem that their fate is written in the stars.

BeautifulLies

Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman
YA WARMAN, J.
Eighteen-year-old identical twins Alice and Rachel have always shared a very special bond, so when one is abducted the other uses their connection to try to locate her.

ChaliceWind

A Chalice of Wind by Cate Tiernan
YA TIERNAN, C.
Separated since birth, seventeen-year-old twins Thais and Clio unexpectedly meet in New Orleans where they seem to be pursued by a coven of witches who want to harness the twins’ magical powers for its own ends.

Kindred

Kindred by Tammar Stein
YA STEIN, T.
Spiritual warfare breaks out when the Archangel Raphael and the Devil deliver assignments to eighteen-year-old fraternal twins Miriam and Moses.

Bruiser

Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
YA SHUSTERMAN, N.
Inexplicable events occur when sixteen-year-old twins Tennyson and Bronte befriend a troubled and misunderstood outcast, aptly nicknamed Bruiser, and his little brother, Cody.

lyinggame

The Lying Game by Sara Shepard
YA SHEPARD, S.
Seventeen-year-old Emma Paxton steps into the life of her long-lost twin Sutton to solve her murder, while Sutton looks on from her afterlife.

Linked

Linked by Imogen Howson
YA SF HOWSON, I.
When Elissa’s nightmarish visions and inexplicable bruises lead to the discovery of a battered twin sister on the run from government agents, Elissa enlists the help of an arrogant new graduate from the space academy.

ErasingTime

Erasing Time by C.J. Hill
YA SF HILL, C.
Eighteen-year-old twins Taylor and Sheridan are pulled into the future and must find a way to stop the evil government from using the time machine again.

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Dualed by Elsie Chapman
YA SF CHAPMAN, E.
West Grayer lives in a world where every person has a twin, or Alt. Only one can survive to adulthood, and West has just received her notice to kill her Alt.

Alchemyst

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott
YA SCOTT, M.
Having discovered the secret to eternal youth, 14th-century alchemist Nicholas Flamel and his wife are alive and well in present-day San Francisco, California. But they won’t stay well if 15-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman don’t fulfill their prophesied role of either saving or destroying the world, starting by getting back an ancient text stolen from Flamel’s bookstore.

GeminiBites

Gemini Bites by Patrick Ryan
YA RYAN, P.
Twins Kyle – who is gay – and Judy – who claims to be religious to get closer to a boy who runs a bible study group – are both attracted to Garret, a classmate who is finishing the school year with their family, and who says he is a vampire.

ThisDarkEndeavor

This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
YA OPPEL, K.
When his twin brother falls ill in the family’s chateau in the independent republic of Geneva in the eighteenth century, sixteen-year-old Victor Frankenstein embarks on a dangerous and uncertain quest to create the forbidden Elixir of Life described in an ancient text in the family’s secret Biblioteka Obscura.

Envy

Envy by Gregg Olsen
YA MY OLSEN, G.
Fifteen-year-old twins Hayley and Taylor Ryan of Port Gamble, WA, known as “Empty Coffin” because of a local legend, investigate a former friend’s Christmas suicide and, along the way, discover a secret from their own past.

MidnightTwins

The Midnight Twins by Jacquelyn Mitchard
YA MITCHARD, J.
Identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn have always shared one another’s thoughts, even as they dream, but their connection diminishes as they approach their thirteenth birthday, and one begins to see the future, the other the past, leading them to discover that a high school student they know is doing horrible things that place the twins, and others, in grave danger.

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No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
YA BLISS, B.
Abigail’s parents, believing the end of the world is near, sell their house, give the money to an end-of-times preacher, and drive from North Carolina to San Francisco where they remain homeless and destitute, as Abigail fights to keep her parents, her twin brother, and herself united against all odds.

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The Prey by Tom Isbell
YA ISBELL, T.
After the apocalyptic Omega, a group of orphaned teen boys learn of their dark fate and escape, joining forces with twin girls who have been imprisoned for the ‘good of the republic.’ In their plight for freedom, these young heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

MillionMilesAway

A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
YA AVERY, L.
Shortly after her boyfriend, Peter, is deployed to Afghanistan, high school senior Michelle dies in a car crash and when her bereft twin, Kelsey, connects with Peter she is unable to tell him the truth as, through their separate woes, they support each other and begin to fall in love.

DeadlyDesign

Deadly Design by Debra Dockter
YA DOCKTER, D.
Genetically engineered identical twins Kyle and Connor McAdams were born two years apart. Connor was born first, and he was the best at everything– valedictorian, star quarterback… everything. Kyle never thought he’d be able to live up, so he didn’t even try. But when Connor suddenly drops dead of a heart attack, Kyle learns of other genetically modified kids who’ve also died on their eighteenth birthdays. Now Kyle is motivated– to save his own life.

Untwine

Untwine by Edwidge Danticat
YA DANTICAT, E.
Identical twin teenagers Giselle and Isabelle Boyer have always been inseparable, and expected to stay that way even though their Haitian American parents are separating–but when the entire family is caught in a car crash, everyone’s world is shattered forever.

TripleMoon

Triple Moon by Melissa de la Cruz
YA DE LA CRUZ, M.
Twin witches (and Norse goddesses) Molly and Mardi Overbrook are sent to North Hampton for the summer where they must learn to control their powers before the White Council exiles them to Limbo.

SecretsWeKeep

The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver
YA LEAVER, T.
When her identical twin sister Maddy is killed in a car accident, seventeen-year-old Ella assumes Maddy’s life, only to discover that it was filled with dark secrets.

SeaShadows

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
YA ARMSTRONG, K.
Twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must embark on a a dangerous journey when the spirits they’re charged with protecting turn vengeful.

Nightfall

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski<
YA HALPERN, J.
On the island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours–it comes every twenty-eight years. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long; the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night. Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are bizarre but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way. When one of their friends goes missing just as the ships are about to sail, the twins know the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling….

ThereWillComeTime

There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos
YA ARCOS, C.
Overwhelmed by grief and guilt after his twin sister Grace’s accidental death, seventeen-year-old Mark Santos is persuaded by his best friend to complete the “bucket list” from Grace’s journal.

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Into the Grey by Celine Kiernan
YA KIERNAN, C.
In a heart-pounding, atmospheric ghost story, a teenage boy must find the resources within himself to save his haunted twin brother.

IllGiveYouSun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
YA NELSON, J.
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah.

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
YA ALEXANDER, K.
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
YA ROWELL, R.
Feeling cast off when her best friend outgrows their shared love for a favorite celebrity, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words and worrying about her fragile father.

BrotherBrother

Brother, Brother by Clay Carmichael
YA CARMICHAEL, C.
After his grandmother’s death, seventeen-year-old Brother sets out, with the abandoned son of a friend, on a 200-mile trip to North Carolina’s Outer Banks to find his twin brother, of whose existence he just learned.

ThisOneTimeJulia

This One Time with Julia by David Lampson
YA LAMPSON, D.
Joe’s twin brother has disappeared, and his brother’s girlfriend, Julia, takes eighteen-year-old Joe on a road trip that changes his life.

Chime

Chime by Franny Billingsley
YA BILLINGSLEY, F.
In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister’s horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

Bumped

Bumped by Megan McCafferty
YA MCCAFFERTY, M.
In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

BewitchingSeason

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
YA DOYLE, M.
In 1837, as seventeen-year-old twins, Persephone and Penelope, are starting their first London Season they find that their beloved governess, who has taught them everything they know about magic, has disappeared.

Identical

Identical by Ellen Hopkins
YA HOPKINS, E.
Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart.

SureFire

Sure Fire by Jack Higgins with Justin Richards
YA HIGGINS, J.
Resentful of having to go and live with their estranged father after the death of their mother, fifteen-year-old twins, Rich and Jade, soon find they have more complicated problems when their father is kidnapped and their attempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international plot to control the world’s oil.

17 Teen Novels You Should Read If You Love Football!

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Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
YA HERBACH, G.
Just before his sixteenth birthday, Felton Reinstein has a sudden growth spurt that turns him from a small, jumpy, picked-on boy with the nickname of “Squirrel Nut” to a powerful athlete, leading to new friends, his first love, and the courage to confront his family’s past and current problems.

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Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff
YA ZADOFF, A.
Fifteen-year-old Andrew Zansky, the second fattest student at his high school, joins the varsity football team to get the attention of a new girl on whom he has a crush.

roughnecks

Roughnecks by Thomas Cochran
YA COCHRAN, T.
Travis Cody prepares for the final game of his high school football career, a rematch with his school’s chief rival.

Crackback

Crackback by John Coy
YA COY, J.
Miles barely recalls when football was fun after being sidelined by a new coach, constantly criticized by his father, and pressured by his best friend to take performance-enhancing drugs.

PaybackTime

Payback Time by Carl Deuker
YA DEUKER, C.
Overweight, somewhat timid Mitch reluctantly agrees to be the sports reporter for the Lincoln High newspaper because he is determined to be a writer, but he senses a real story in Angel, a talented football player who refuses to stand out on the field–or to discuss his past.

CoverUp

Cover-Up by John Feinstein
YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.
Fledgling fourteen-year-old sports reporters Susan Carol and Stevie investigate suspicious activities at the Super Bowl after Stevie gets fired from his co-anchor job on a ground-breaking teen sports show.

OutofHisLeague

Out of His League by Pat Flynn
YA FLYNN, P.
In a small West Texas town, an Australian exchange student becomes a star on the football field and soon finds himself torn between the lure of America and the ties that bind him to his home in Australia.

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Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally
YA KENNEALLY, M.
Jordan Woods, captain and quarterback of her high school football team, seeks an athletic college scholarship, but when Ty Green joins the team and takes her position, her scholarship chances and her camaraderie with the team are threatened.

Pop

Pop by Gordon Korman
YA KORMAN, G.
Lonely after a midsummer move to a new town, sixteen-year-old high-school quarterback Marcus Jordan becomes friends with a retired professional linebacker who is great at training him, but whose childish behavior keeps Marcus in hot water.

Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
YA MURDOCK, C.
After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.

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Troy High by Shana Norris
YA NORRIS, S.
Best friends Cassie and Greg get caught in the middle of a decades-old football rivalry between their high school teams, the Spartans and the Trojans, in this novel loosely based on Homer’s classic tale, The Iliad.

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Always a Catch by Peter Richmond
YA RICHMOND, P.
After he joins the new football team, Jack, a new junior and a skilled piano player at a preparatory boarding school, must decide how far he is willing to go to fit in with his new teammates, and how much he is willing to compromise himself to play the kind of music the school expects him to.

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Call Me by My Name by John Ed Bradley
YA BRADLEY, J.
Growing up in Louisiana in the late 1960s, where segregation and prejudice still thrive, two high school football players, one white, one black, become friends, but some changes are too difficult to accept.

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The League by Thatcher Heldring
YA HELDRING, T.
Fourteen-year-old Wyatt, hoping to impress a girl and ward off a bully, decides to join his older brother’s summer football league, “The League of Pain,” against the advice of his parents, who think golf is the right sport for him.

HitCount

Hit Count by by Chris Lynch
YA LYNCH, C
Arlo Brodie loves being at the heart of the action on the football field, and while his dad cheers him on, his mother quotes head injury statistics and refuses to watch, but Arlo’s winning plays, the cheering crowds, and the adrenaline rush are enough to convince him that everything is OK–in spite of the pain, the pounding, the dizziness, and the confusion.

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Muckers by Sandra Neil Wallace
YA WALLACE, S.
Felix O’Sullivan, standing in the shadow of his dead brother, an angry, distant father, and racial tension, must lead the last-ever Muckers high school football team to the state championship before a mine closing shuts down his entire town.

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The Walk On by John Feinstein
YA FEINSTEIN, J.
After moving to a new town his freshman year in high school, Alex Myers is happy to win a spot on the varsity team as a quarterback but must deal with idea of not playing for two years since the first-string quarterback is not only a local hero, he is also the son of the corrupt head coach.

Consumed by Basketball?

Are you enjoying March Madness? Want to find a novel that centers on basketball? Check out our list below!

TrueLegendTrue Legend by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

 

SwaggerSwagger by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

 

The Pick-Up Game: a full day of full courtPick-Up Game book cover edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr.

YA SS PICK-UP

A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

 

ThrowingStonesThrowing Stones by Kristi Collier

YA COLLIER, K.

In 1923, in Pierre, Indiana, fourteen-year-old Andy realizes a dream when he makes the high school basketball team, but when an accident keeps him from playing, he ventures into journalism and begins to understand the meaning of sportsmanship.

 

BoxOutBox Out by John Coy

YA COY, J.

High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation.

DoubleExposureDouble Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

YA BIRDSALL, B.

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

 

BoostBoost by Kathryn Mackel

YA MACKEL, K.

Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

 

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

Seventeen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

 

 

EdenvilleOwlsEdenville Owls by Robert B. Parker

YA PARKER, R.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

 

 

BallDontLieBall Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers–including his own past–that threaten his dream of playing professionally.

 

 

Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

 

 

FinalFourThe Final Four by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

 

LearningtheGameLearning the Game by Kevin Waltman

YA WALTMAN, K.

When he and his high-school basketball teammates steal from a fraternity house in their small Indiana town, Nate contends with his guilt, his loyalty to his friends, and his desire to help his older brother who comes under suspicion for the crime.

March Madness is upon us

March is the ultimate month to be a basketball fan!  If you can break yourself away from NCAA tournament, then check out some of these basketball themed books (click on the cover to find it in the Library!):

The Final Four by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Alternating chapters center on four different players on the two teams that meet in a semi-final game of the NCAA Final Four Tournament.

 

 

Last Shot by John Feinstein

YA MY FEINSTEIN, J.

Two eighth grade students win the opportunity to cover the NCAA Final Four first hand as journalists, but while reporting live at the tournament they uncover a scandal that involves blackmail.

 

 

Game by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

Drew is a senior living in Harlem and has dreams of making it in the NBA, but he has to learn to control his anger issues first.

 

 

Boy21 by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Two basketball teammates, one black and one white, form a connection through tutoring and find that they have a lot more in common than they had first thought.

 

 

Pick-Up Game book coverThe Pick-Up Game: a Full Day of Full Court

YA SS PICK-UP

This collection of short stories focuses on different perspectives of one pick up game played on a hot day in July in New York City.

 

 

Girl Got Game by Shizuru Seino

YA GRAPH SEINO, S. V.1

This manga series centers on Kyo, whose father is determined to live out his NBA dreams through his daughter.  Her father signs her up for the boy’s basketball team and Kyo masquerades as a boy on the team to make her father happy.

 

Basketball Slave by Mark Johnson

YA 796.323 JOHNSON, A.

Andy Johnson’s son, Mark Johnson, tells his father’s story of how Andy became one of the original Harlem Globetrotters.

 

 

In the Paint: Tattoos of the NBA and the Stories Behind Them by Andrew Gottlieb

YA 796.323 GOTTLIEB, A.

This is a collection of high res photos of some of the more unique NBA tattoos and the first hand stories by the players about why they got them.

 

 

When March Went Mad by Seth Davis

796.3236 DAVIS, S.

Larry Bird and Magic Johnson are famous for one of the most well known basketball games in history: the 1979 NCAA Championship game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Indiana State Sycamores.  Davis retells the events that led up to the famous game.

 

Longshot by Lance Allred

796.323 ALLRED, L.

Lance Allred is the NBA’s first deaf player.  In this memoir he tells his story of growing up in a fundamentalist Mormon household, realizing his dream of being in the NBA, and how hard it was to get there.

 

The Ultimate Book of March Madness by Tom Hager

796.3236 HAGER, T.

This book includes a history of every NCAA tournament from 1930 to present and provides an analysis of the top 100 games played in the tournament.

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Curveball: the Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

The summer before Peter’s Freshmen year, he suffers a serious arm injury while pitching in his little league championship game.  The game was a critical one, because it would have shown his soon to be high school baseball coaches that he was a gifted pitcher that could easily make the JV team.  Now, however, Peter’s pitching days are over.  The injury to his arm required surgery and Peter seems to has lost any idea of what to do with himself now that he can’t play baseball.

Peter’s only other passion in life has been photography.  His interest has been cultivated through years of spending time with his grandfather, who is a professional photographer.  Peter has learned all the ins and outs of a camera, both old school and digital.  When he walks into his first day of Introducton to Photography, he is clearly ahead of the class.  Both Peter and another student, Angelika, are sent to the Advanced Photogtraphy class.  Being the only two Freshmen in a class of upperclassmen instantly creates a friendship between Peter and Angelika.

Peter and Angelika’s friendship becomes something more, however, when they begin working together taking photos for the yearbook.  Things seem to be changing for Peter as he begins to find out who he is when he can no longer be the star pitcher.  However, as Peter begins to find himself, his grandfather seems to be losing himself.  Can Peter get his family to recognize that their grandfather needs help before it is too late?

Curveball has a lot going on in its pages.  At first this novel seems pretty simple: a guy has to figure out who he is when he can no longer be a sports star.  However, with the addition of a possible new girlfriend, a best friend who truly believes Peter will pitch again, and a grandfather whose mind is slipping, Peter’s life is complicated.  When you’re reading Curveball, though, you never feel like you are overwhelmed with Peter’s problems.  It is a really good read that never feels like there is too much drama.  I also really liked Peter.  He was relatable and is a character who had flaws that he was able to overcome.

You should definitely pick this book up if you are looking for a good, realistic read that has a cast of characters that feel like your own friends and family.